Children of Indiana newspapers employees receive HSPA Foundation Legacy Scholarships


The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation has awarded two scholarships to children of families tied to Indiana newspapers.

The second year of HSPA Foundation Legacy Scholarships were given to: Benjamin Lynk, grandson of MaryJo Harney. MaryJo is the publisher of the Parke County Sentinel. She has been the owner/publisher for 49 years.

Emily Hoffman, is the daughter of Paul Hoffman of AIM Media Indiana. Paul is special publications editor. Paul has been involved with newspapers for 19 years.

Benjamin has been accepted at DePauw University where he plans to study computer science. Emily will attend Indiana University this fall as a pre-nursing major.

Each scholarship is worth $1,000, which will go to pay for costs of the students to attend college.

“The HSPA Foundation Board created these new scholarships to give something back to the families that make newspapers happen across Indiana every day,” said Mark Miller, chairman of the Foundation Board’s Scholarship Committee. Miller is vice president and opinion page editor of The News-Banner in Bluffton.

The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation was created to foster public understanding of the role of a free press in society, to increase public literacy, to enhance the ability of Indiana newspapers to fully educate and inform the public, and to defend the principles of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation believes free speech and a free press benefit all citizens and help preserve constitutional rights.

For more information about the Foundation or the Legacy Scholarship Program, contact Steve Key at or (317) 624-4427.